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Real Talk: Environmental Justice


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The environmental justice movement addresses systemic issues such as the history of environmental racism that puts historically marginalized and low-income communities at an elevated risk of experiencing environmental hazards. Through discrimination and socioeconomic neglect, the communities are far more likely to experience air, noise, and water pollution; food insecurity; proximity to toxic waste facilities; and a myriad of mental and physical health impacts that result from exposure to these hazards. With awareness around environmentalism and sustainability rising, how can individuals, and Kalamazoo residents specifically, approach environmental issues with equity and inclusion in mind? Laura Donders of the WMU Office for Sustainability, along with local community members and leaders, will engage participants in a discussion of this crucial topic.